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Originally posted by Dukezilla Dukezilla wrote:

Lesnar on SmackDown.

That is a huge surprise.

It has been rumoured for a long time that WWE wanted Brock as the SD champion for the move to FS1. I think the rumours started when he was Mr MITB.

It's as clear as day hell beat Kofi and I actually dont mind which tells you how bored I am of Kofi as champ
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Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

Originally posted by Dukezilla Dukezilla wrote:

Lesnar on SmackDown.

That is a huge surprise.


It has been rumoured for a long time that WWE wanted Brock as the SD champion for the move to FS1. I think the rumours started when he was Mr MITB.

It's as clear as day hell beat Kofi and I actually dont mind which tells you how bored I am of Kofi as champ


Seconded. I hate Kofi as champ, as I explained in another thread Kofi is still the happy go lucky New Day character, he's done nothing to switch up his character and make himself seem more credible as a top guy and because of that he just doesn't look or carry himself like a champion in my opinion.
Lesnar obviously has flaws as a champion, the main one being he probably wont be there all the time unless they can work out a all tv and PPV appearance deal with Brock but I think that's unlikely, but Lesnar is exactly the kind of legitimate looking champion Fox will want and for me he's a far better choice as champion than Kofi. Its time for a change, Kofi has had his feel good run.

One thing to consider is that if Brock wins the belt and The Fiend wins at Hell in a Cell then this could set up Lesnar vs Bray Wyatt at Survivor Series if WWE still plan to go with the Raw vs Smackdown format, what a interesting scenario that would be.
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https://www.cbssports.com/wwe/news/wwe-smackdown-results-cain-velasquez-makes-shocking-debut-targets-brock-lesnar-on-fox-premiere/

Wow... WWE really wasn't messing around here.

This is something of a spoiler for me as I've yet to see SmackDown. I'll watch it tomorrow but this news is everywhere right now.
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Smcakdown this week was not good - that may be an unpopular opinion or seem strange to those who have only seen spoilers but lets break it down:

1. The show got off to an absolutely phenomenal start with The Rock and Becky teaming up to roast Corbin on the mic. Corbin is perfect foil for this sort of thing and actually looked like a beast when he was prepared to take them both on at the same time only for Becky to hit him with a cheap shot and allow for The Rock to lay the SmackDown.

2. Womens tag match was not anything like what it should have been. Bayley taking the clean loss days before she defends the title doesnt really sit well but i guess this falls in with WWE logic whereby she takes the loss today and therefore wins at HIAC? Banks also looked like she was bust open from the mouth.

3. Rollins v Nakamura. This was a non starter in many aspects and we can all guess why? Firefly funhouse to start with which led to another death of Ramblin Rabbit - RIP again!! Then we had the lights out segment but Rollins ran up the ramp only for The Fiend to attack from behind. Normally i would consider this a really good segment, however Rollins has been made to look bad in recent weeks and this makes me think hes somehow winning at HIAC which isnt good for The Fiend.

4. Owens v Shane. This wasnt really anything different to what weve seen from these countless times before. Owens hitting the stunner at the end was a nice touch i guess after firing Shane.

5. The tag match. Pointless match which offered nothing to the show. Alot of focus on Tyson Fury at ringside - not sure if that will lead to anything or not.

6. Reigns v Rowan. Again this was just a waste of time match. It should have ended early with a huge brawl descending instead of giving us more of what we will see on Sunday.

7. Kofi v Lesnar. This was an absolute disgrace. I'm sorry but it doesnt matter what type of show it is, what the previous ratings have been or anything - the champion should not be getting squashed in the manner in which he did. Absolute shocking decision. I was all for Lesnar winning but not the way in which it happened.

8. The highlight of the night was probably the debut of Cain Velasquez. Again though this made the long term champion look like a sideshow and just wasnt fair on Kofi. However, Lesnar and Cain have history and this should make for an interesting feud - ive never seen Velasquez wrestle so im reserved at how this will look especially with Lesnars brutal looking destructive style.

The overall show for me is struggling to get a C rating, so im giving it C-.

The ratings will have spiked for it being the first show but for me it was nothing different to what we've been getting. If anything, instead of promoting Raw - this was more of a Raw promotion given how many Raw stars got matches and spots on the show and the SmackDown roster was barely anywhere to be seen.
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Enjoyed the opening segment with The Rock, Becky and Corbin, some of the dialogue was a little cheesy and predictable but it was a crowd pleasing moment which is why The Rock turns up, he runs through his stich which the crowd eat up, Beckys gets a memorable moment as does Corbin who of course was the heel fodder for Becky and Rock, this was absolutely fine for what it was. 

The problem with this show is they tried to squeeze too much in to 2 hours, the only wrestling match of note was Owens vs Shane which was decent enough with some pretty brutal looking ladder spots, it gave the crowd the result they all wanted. 

The tease of a Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman match was fun stuff, be interesting to see what comes of this. 

I had no real problem with the squash of Kofi, it instantly puts Lesnar in place as the top guy and Kofi's whole reign has been poor it needed to come to a abrupt end. Of course this was all about the appearance of Cain Velasquez anyway which is a huge mega angle and Wrestlemania main event level match which will get tons of mainstream attention. 

So the verdict = The wrestling action was poor but this episode was all about making a big splash and attracting mainstream attention to the product, it certainly achieved that and I enjoyed the big angles, the rest of the show all helped to build to Hell in a Cell.
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So this week's episode was far superior to last week and I say that after enjoying much of what I saw last week. 

This episode was part 1 of the draft and WWE got the production spot on giving it a real sports event feel complete with shots of the war rooms for each network and lots of clips of sports personalities talking about the draft. 

The wrestling on the show was good too, Reigns vs Rollins was a excellent match and the non-finish was expected really plus The Fiend coming up through the ring was great. 

Corbin vs Gable was another very good effort, although have to say changing Gables name officially to Shorty Gable..... Really??!! 

The OC vs New Day was some solid filler and they did seem to play down Kofi's loss last week, he was all smiles and pancakes as normal. 

Charlotte vs Bayley was good but the main thing here was Bayley officially turning heel and ditching her family friendly babyface character in dramatic fashion, this was good stuff and they've played the heel turn out well. 

Great episode, best wrestling show of the week easily.
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Excellent show with the highlight being 
Bayley On Smackdown with her new attitude and look.

Having the Fox guys that do NFL coverage talking about the draft really made it seem more important than any draft the company has ever done before.

The wrestling was only passable, but the rest of the show was top notch.
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So all though I'm on holiday I got a notification today to tell me that Buschoff has been fired as exec director already and replaced  by Bruce Pritchard.

IMO Smackdown has regressed for the last 8 month or so and while its nothing to do with Eric - I think Fox probably wanted a change to at least signify WWE were doing something to address the absolute shit that had been broadcast


This is also why the fiend has been drafted to SD to try and improve the ratings - something Cain and Brock wont even be able to improve 
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Doesn't come as a total shock, I did wonder how long Bischoff would last in this role although I did think it would be longer than this.

Bischoff is in his mid-sixties now and WCW was a long time ago. Hes admitted himself the creative side of the business was never his strong suit, also his time in TNA was a disaster, all he was able to do was run the company into crippling debt.
Chances are at the age hes at now Bischoff just found the demands and responsibilities of the role too much and this could have been a mutual decision, perhaps hes also too out of touch with the product as he said he hadn't kept up with WWE.
Its surely too early for Fox to be unhappy with ratings or the product direction so I think it has to be some of the other reasons I've listed.
WCW was a very different environment to WWE by all accounts and maybe Eric couldn't make the adjustment.
Bruce Prichard will be a better fit as he has a long history with WWE and understands how things work there.

Apparently Eric is completely done with WWE, he would have been maybe better suited to a executive position just dealing with Fox management and the various business dealings, they should have kept him away from creative.

Bischoff had committed himself to the role longterm even moving to Stamford, so you have to think the reasons behind his removal are quite serious.
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To me it's a really bad sign.

What has always happened with the creative team(s) for Raw and SmackDown? They write a show, Vince throws it away and rewrites it, the show slumps, Vince fires the creative team for not coming up with better ideas, hires new guys who write a show... And so on.

Paul Heyman is also apparently butting heads pretty bad over on the Raw side, whereas Bruce Pritchard is the king of all of Vince's douchebag yesmen.

Fox is going to really have their hands full trying to make SmackDown successful all on their own, and if they don't succeed, WWE is going to be in trouble.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Paul Heyman part ways with WWE one way or another within the next year as well.
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